Bhattarika, at the foot of the Ratnagiri
Mountains, is a temple dedicated to the Mother Goddess.
An interesting myth adds a colorful hue to the background
of the Temple. In a war between Sahsarasjuna and Parasuram
(an avatar of Lord Nayrayan), it was Saharasjuna who emerged
victories in the first round. Parasuram not to be out done
appealed to the Mother Goddess by mediating on a stone where
he imaged the Goddess. The Devi pleased with his painstaking
appeal imparted her Shakti to him Parasuram rejuvenated
with the divine power of the Goddess beaten Sahasrajuna
and from then on the place where the Goddess appeared came
to be known as Bhattarika.
The Temple is said to have been
built between the 6th century B.C. to the 16th century B.C.
The major festivals celebrated at Bhattarika are Pana Sankranti
in the month of Chaitra (April) Akshaya Trutiya in the month
of Baisakh (May) and Dussehra in the month of October.
Surrounded by wonderful mountains collectively known as
the Ratnagiri Mountains, Bhattarika blends harmoniously
with nature. The Mahanadi, which flows in front of the temple,
glistens like a shining slithery silver of lighting. Birds
cooing and the surreal sunset make this place a magical
space touched with the Divine.
Bhattarika lies in the Athgarh sub-division Cuttak district
between Cuttack and Narsingpur. On the main road from the
Gopalpur chowks. After 6 kms from here southwards, you will
reach Sasanga Gram near the Ratnagiri Mountains.
Indeed, when one arrives at Bhattarika one forests the material
world our soul surges forward in communion with nature and